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The Subversive Family

An Alternative History Of Love And Marriage

By Ferdinand Mount, 1939-

Ferdinand Mount argues that society is shaped by a series of powerful revolutionary movements, the leaders of which, whether they be political ideologues, theologians, feudal lords or feminist writers, have done their utmost to render the family a subordinate instrument of their purpose but that, in spite of it all, the family endures. Mount maintains that many widely held contemporary beliefs about the family are based on a wilful misreading of the evidence: among the myths are that arranged marriages were the norm until this century; that child care is a modern innovation; that in earlier societies children were treated as expendable objects; that the nuclear family is not a 20th-century invention; and that romantic love never existed before the troubador poets glorified adultery. Divorce, he contends, is no great novelty either, he shows that in many times and places it has been almost as easy to obtain as it is today. Far from diminishing the general desire and respect for family life, Mount contends that the provision for divorce has been popularly regarded as an integral part of any sensible system of family law. This study should jolt the reader into a re-assessment of one of the most familiar and ancient institutions, and encourage greater consideration for policies today that support the family.

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Publish Date

1992

ISBN

0029219922


Format: Book
Author: Mount, Ferdinand, 1939-
Title: The subversive family : an alternative history of love and marriage / Ferdinand Mount.
Publisher Date: New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992.
Subject: Families -- History Love -- History Marriage -- History
Isbn: 0029219922
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 306.8 Mou
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Bib Id: 113768

Format: Book
Author: Mount, Ferdinand, 1939-
Title: The subversive family : an alternative history of love and marriage / Ferdinand Mount.
Publisher, Date: New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992.
Description: ix, 282 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Families -- History
Subjects: Love -- History
Subjects: Marriage -- History
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 92030779
ISBN: 0029219922
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 306.8 Mou